What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? (on Ted.com)
Monday, 11 June 2018
To my dearest book supporters: this is just a quick note to let you know that things have gone from well to ablaze.
Last Tuesday Ted.com featured my talk on their front page and then sent it out headlining in their weekend newsletter. Over 400,000 views later -- with the book briefly selling out on Amazon.com and an exploding inbox full of queries and questions and congratulations -- I thought…
TEDx talk: The End of Politicians, Australian book launch, and your reviews!
Friday, 2 June 2017
Here's a few quick updates about The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy:
The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy - new video
Friday, 10 March 2017
Hi! Here's more book-related news:
- Check out my new short video, The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy, which I've finished just in time for the start of my book tour.
- And here is another video - the "cuddly" version of political change using sortition, packaged as community engagement. This G1000 event is what I'm helping to organise in Cambridge this September
The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy - release and book tour
Friday, 17 February 2017
Today you should have received your digital copy of The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy in your Inbox.
It has been one hell of a journey to get to this point. Over one year ago I submitted a proposal to Unbound to crowd-fund the book. On March 11th, 2016, the crowd-funding campaign began. Now you have the supporter e-book in your Inbox, and it is on pre-sale on Amazon US and Amazon…
The End of Politicians should arrive in February...
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
The End of Politicians has been edited, the cover design is finished (above) and the book is almost ready for release! The copyedited manuscript has gone back to Unbound (never again will I mix up which and that) and the marketing team have been in touch, with much advice. So now, after following (some of) their advice, you can also connect with me through my website, Twitter feed, LinkedIn and…
The End of Politicians - editing, cover design, and more!
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
What will The End of Politicians cover look like? A crumbling marble statue called Democracy? Parliament sinking into the Thames? A crossed-out ballot box? These are some of the ideas popping into my head as I've pondered that question for the last month or so. Soon the Unbound designers should get back to me with a couple of their proposals and the final decision will be made. Do you have a good…
Sent: The End of Politicians goes to the editor
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Yes, The End of Politicians has been submitted to Unbound. So it's time to tidy the desk and wait for the editor's report. Afterwards I'll respond to suggestions and integrate any last changes before sending it in again for copy editing, cover design and eventually working out a release date.
So what to do now? The idea for this book came to me about a decade ago, but I didn't find the time…
Sortition and The End of Politicians in the UK?
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Do you want to get informed and inspired by sortition this weekend?
The End of Politicians is funded! (And the statistics of a crowdfunding campaign)
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The End of Politicians is now fully funded! There's champagne chilling in my fridge, and tomorrow I'll continue double-checking all my references and tweaking a few last paragraphs of the manuscript.
Then it will be time to hand over the manuscript to the Unbound editorial and design team. I wonder what cover they will come up with? I wonder what changes the editor will recommend? I wonder when…
The End of Politicians - coming soon to the UK!
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Thanks again for supporting my book. I thought you might be interested in watching the original video I made several months ago to promote the Sortition Foundation, which I re-edited to make my pledge video (linked above, or at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12V9rV_bp_M). The quotes in the second half get me every time.
As to the title of this post - that the End of Politicians…
We're half way to the End of Politicians
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Thanks to everyone who has pledged and pre-ordered The End of Politicians - we're half way there in two weeks!
What does that mean? It means that if everyone finds one more person to pledge, then the book will be published! Of course I'm still pushing the word out to all my networks, blogging, and trying to work some social media magic. But word of mouth is, as usual, the best form of promotion…
And we're off!
Friday, 11 March 2016
Okay, so the crowd-funding campaign has begun. It's been quite a journey just to get to this point. After finishing a good first draft of the book in January 2015 I started writing to agents and editors - but all to no avail. It wasn't until later in the year that I stumbled upon Unbound and realised what a perfect fit it was, not only for me, but for the ideas I discuss in the book.
There is an…